Wisconsin Studying Wind Power potential
Huron Windpower Inc. of Canada is erecting two wind turbines, manufactured by Tacke Wind Energy of Germany, in Brown County, Wis. The $2.1 million study is intended to determine the feasibility of generating electricity in Wisconsin using low-wind turbines. Research data will be collected for five years.
The turbines, with three 75-foot blades each, are mounted on specially designed 200-foot towers. To operate at full capacity, the units will need consistent 30 mph winds. At full capacity, they will generate 1,200 kW of electricity together. Historical records indicate wind speeds at the location and elevation of the site average 13 mph.
Environmental impacts such as land use, effect on bird populations, impact on public safety, seasonal wind speed and direction, and generation potential will be recorded.
Four of the state`s electric utilities–Madison Gas and Electric, Wisconsin Power and Light, Wisconsin Public Service and Wisconsin Electric Power–plus the Public Service Commission and the Electric Power Research Institute are working together on the project. p